Single Mom Seeks College and Career

Barbara writes:
I am a single mother of three in my late 20s. I have very few job skills and no formal
education. I am eager to attend college and begin a career so that I may support myself
and my children. My dilemma is that I have never wanted to be anything other than a wife
and mother.
I have hobbies likes and dislikes just like everyone but how do I turn them in to a career?
I desperately want to go back to school because I know that without an education I will not
be able to get any kind of employment that will provide enough income for my children.

The Career Doctor responds:
First let me assure you that you are doing all the right moves — you realize you need to attend
college to make a better living for yourself and your children and you want to take the time to
find the right career for you.
One of my favorite things to do is help people discover their career passions — because when
you are passionate about your career you tend to love your job and success follows. You will
also be healthier and happier because of the fulfillment you receive from doing a job you enjoy.
We have a whole tutorial on Finding
Your Career Passion
on and I encourage you to get more depth on the
subject than I can provide here but let me give you at least an outline for what you need to do
to move forward.
First step: Take some assessment tests. There are a number of good assessment tests (online
and in print) that can give you some valuable career feedback based on your responses.
Second step: Assess yourself. You have already started this process — examine your likes
favorite activities lifelong interests hobbies volunteering. Make a list. Then look for common
threads among all these things and develop a list of core attributes.
Third step: Examine your life goals and research ideal career paths. Review what you want to
accomplish in your life and along with the results from step 2 begin researching careers that
will use your skills and help you achieve your goals.
Fourth step: Identify college majors and minors that will assist you in entering your ideal
career path.
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